Central Federal District

The Central Russian region is located in the European part of the country. This is the most populated part of Russia and has formed its historical centre over the past six centuries. It is made up of the regions surrounding Russia’s capital, Moscow. Central Russia lies in the upper Volga basin and its tributaries, the Oka River being the main one. The world-famous tourist route known as the “Golden Ring” is located within this region.

Central Russia is the most popular region among tourists, attracting people from across Russia and abroad. There are plenty of cities and towns with countless architectural, historical and literary monuments and museums. Most of the ancient cities of the region are known far beyond Russia, such as Sergiev Posad, Pereslavl-Zalessky, Kostroma, Yaroslavl, Vladimir, Gorokhovets and Murom. These small towns are also well-known for their unique crafts. Fedoskino, Kholuy and Palekh are famous for their lacquer miniatures, Gzhel for ceramics, Zhostovo for painting on metal trays, Abramtsevo for its wood carving, Khotkovo for bone carving, Mstera for its lacquer miniatures and embroidery, Krasnoe-on-Volga for jewellery made of copper, brass and silver, and Rostov Veliky for its enamels. This is the perfect region to learn about ancient Russia.